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Last U.S. Convoy Crossed From Iraq Into Kuwait at Daybreak Today

CAMP VIRGINIA, KUWAIT - DECEMBER 18: Soldiers wave to colleagues as a section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division arrives after crossing over the border into Kuwait on December 18, 2011 in Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division ended their presence on Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq, arriving into Kuwait in the early morning hours of December 18, 2011. All U.S. troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, 2011. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Soldiers wave to the last American military convoy to leave Iraq. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/2011 Getty Images

The last U.S. military convoy of about 25 military trucks and 100 armored vehicles, carrying the remaining 500 active duty troops (most based in Fort Hood, Texas), crossed out of Iraq at daybreak Sunday. The final pullout was even kept secret from the soldiers’ Iraqi counterparts to avoid any final attacks, says the AP. But at the Kuwait border, it turned into a jubilant scene as the column of horn-honking and whooping soldiers were greeted by their fellow servicemembers. Although a final contingent of 150 or so will stay behind for training purposes, this effectively closes out one of the longest wars in U.S. history, having cost nearly 4,500 American lives and $1 trillion, with more than 20 times more Iraqi lives lost.

Last U.S. Convoy Crossed From Iraq into Kuwait